Monthly Archives: July 2017

Local list – our proposed additions accepted

Merton Council maintains a “local list” of buildings and structures which are of historic interest and add character to the area.

We have been pleased to help ensure a clear process for making additions based on input from the local community.

This year we proposed five additions to the local list for Mitcham Cricket Green:

  • Bramcote Court and Parade – a distinctive 1930s residential development in the “moderne” style
  • The Canons walls and well – these impressive structures include examples from both the 18th and 19th century and have been identified as being highly significant in recent investigations of The Canons as part of the successful Lottery bid that we are centrally involved with
  • Mitcham running track – the remnants of the cinder track on the former news of the World Sports Ground are the last vestige of a sporting heritage which included the training of Olympic athletes. Restoration of this track is part of the successful Lottery bid
  • The Canons Lodge lamp stands – these are a distinctive addition to the Lodge which is already locally listed
  • Gas lamp post – this elegant cast iron structure stands opposite The White Hart as a reminder of the days before electric street lamps and dates to the 1850s.

Four of these were accepted as additions to the Local List by a Council Meeting on 12 July. The Canon walls have been confirmed as being nationally listed.

If you have any thoughts on further structures that might be added to the Local List, please let us know.

Meanwhile, view the Local List here.

 

Canons £4.7 million Lottery bid a success

We’re delighted The Canons has been awarded over £4 million by the Lottery as part of a £5 million plus restoration project.

Securing this funding has been a major effort from the three community organisations who have donated hundreds of volunteer hours over the last four years to achieve it. These are Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage, Friends of the Canons and Mitcham Society.

Merton Council is the applicant as it owns the land and buildings and expert consultants have provided new insights and research.

The project will deliver on one of the key objectives of our Cricket Green Charter.

The running track, dovecote, obelisk, Bellamy’s Copse and pond will all benefit. The Canons house will be restored. Most of the house will be let as offices but the basement will become a community space and the large room on the ground floor will be available for hire.

The disused toilets between Canons House and Madeira Hall will be demolished. There will be a new café built onto Madeira Hall looking into the east lawn where the dovecote is.

The car park immediately outside the entrance to the leisure centre will become a plaza, including a new children’s play area replacing the one in front of Park Place. A new entrance will be opened up at the obelisk. There will also be investment in managing the area better for wildlife.

And that’s not all!

There will be a programme of community events and activities, an archaeological dig and educational projects. These will provide multiple ways in which local people can get involved.

This is a massive investment in our part of the Conservation Area. It reflects the importance of Mitcham’s heritage and open spaces. This one off funding will give The Canons a real boost and reinvesting the income it generates from new activities will secure its long term future.

Now the grant has been secured, the real work begins! A planning application for the works is expected in September. Watch out for more news and let us know if you want to get involved.

Your invitation to Community on the Green 26 July 2017

Join us on Wednesday 26th July on Mitcham cricket ground.

6pm till dusk.

Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage invites you to join us on Wednesday 26th July for our annual celebration of Cricket Green and everyone who lives and works here.

This year we will be launching our new Community Map for Cricket Green and sharing news of the multi-million pound Lottery funded project bid at The Canons.

There will also be a free guided walking tour and cricket will be played on the historic ground during the evening.

We are delighted that the Mayor of Merton will be attending.

Community on the Green includes:

  • exhibitions and displays about what is going on in Cricket Green, The Canons and the Wandle Valley
  • launch of our new Community Map for Cricket Green
  • a guided walk at around 7.30pm
  • short speeches at 7pm, including from the Mayor of Merton
  • information on the multi-million pound bid to the Lottery for The Canons and its grounds
  • the latest news on the future of the Burn Bullock and the Wilson Hospital
  • a celebration of the oldest cricket ground in the world
  • a Wandle Industrial Museum display
  • opportunities to visit Mitcham cricket pavilion, Merton’s first registered asset of community value
  • drinks and light refreshments

It would be helpful if you could tell us you’re coming by emailing us – info@mitchamcricketgreen.org.uk 

We look forward to seeing you!